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New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services

Wetlands Bureau
Wetlands and Non-Site Specific Permit - Expedited

To protect and preserve submerged lands under tidal and freshwaters and its wetlands, both salt water and fresh-water, from unregulated alteration that would adversely affect the natural ability of wetlands to absorb flood waters, treat stormwater and recharge groundwater supplies, impact fish and wildlife of significant value and depreciate or obstruct the commerce, recreation and the aesthetic enjoyment of the public.

Applies to Minimum Impact Projects that qualify for Expedited Review.

Statute and Administrative Rules
RSA 482-A:3 Excavating and Dredging Permit; Certain Exemptions
Env-Wt 303.04, Minimum Impact Projects, Env-Wt 501.04 Applications for Minimum Impact Projects, and Part Env-Wt 505 Expedited Minimum Impact Permits. Note: Env-Wt 501.04(f) and 505.03(e),(f) & (g). (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules)

Standard Wetlands Permit Application FormMicrosoft Word Symbol
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Permit Application - Attachment A - 20 questionsMicrosoft Word Symbol
Permit Application - Guidance Document A - Minimum Impact Project Types  Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Permit Application - Guidance Document B - Design Criteria & Plan Requirements  Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
Permit Application - Guidance Document C - Stream Crossing Requirements Adobe Acrobat Reader Symbol
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Shoreline Structures Plan Preparation Checklist Microsoft Word Symbol

$200 per application

Processing Time
If the municipal conservation commission intends to investigate the application, the processing time is 75 days. If the municipal conservation commission waives its right to investigate, the processing time is 30 days.

Five years with opportunity for one extension of five years, if certain conditions are met as noted under RSA 482-A:3, XIV-a; except as noted under Env-Wt 502.01 General Conditions Applicable To All Permits/Duration of Permit (see Env-Wt 100-900 Wetlands Rules).

Any request for a significant amendment to a pending application or an existing permit which changes the footprint of the permitted fill or dredge area requires a new application according to RSA 482:A-3, XIV(e) and RSA 482-A:3,.

NHDES will transfer the permit after receipt of a written request by the new owner or legal authority unless there is pending enforcement action.

Any person aggrieved by a final decision of the Wetlands Program can appeal the decision to the Wetlands Council in accordance with RSA 21-O:5-a.

Status of Current Applications
Wetland and Shoreland Permit Application Status Check

More Information
Please review the requirements for filing a complete application at How to Ensure Your Permit Application is Accepted.
Note that an evaluation for the presence threatened and endangered species from the Natural Heritage Bureau is required.

Contact Us
Wetlands Bureau at (603) 271-2147



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